Notice of Information: NICHD Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY2023 and FY2024
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June 8, 2021

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RFA-HD-22-013 - Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY 2022 (P2C Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)


For the past 9 fiscal years, NICHD has published annual FOAs for the recurring competition of the Population Dynamics Research Infrastructure Program (P2C), most recently RFA-HD-22-013 in FY2022). This Notice is announcing that there will be NO competition in Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23). The planned FY24 competition will serve as a combined competition for centers that would normally be competing in FY23 and FY24. The FOA is expected to be re-issued in Spring 2023 with an expected application due date in Summer 2023.The goal will be to make awards in Spring 2024.

The goal of this research program is to advance the field of population dynamics research by increasing research impact, innovation, and productivity; developing junior scientists; and maximizing the efficiency of research support. This initiative will provide funding for population dynamics infrastructure cores at already productive population dynamics research centers, both recently- and long-established centers. Funds from this program must be for the applicant institution’s lead population research center and may not be used to establish a new population research center or support activities at a secondary population research center at the applicant institution. This initiative is not limited to population dynamics research centers that have received previous funding from the NICHD Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program.

Applicant centers will be expected to have a recent record of high impact, innovative scientific publications and competitiveness for peer-reviewed external funding for research within the scientific scope of the NICHD Population Dynamics Branch (PDB). Applications will include a minimum of two research infrastructure cores: a mandatory Administrative Core plus a Development Core and/or one or more Scientific/Technical Cores. The Development Core is meant to develop junior scientists and advance new scientific research within the center. A Scientific/Technical Core is meant to provide scientific and/or technical services and/or resources to center researchers in order to enhance their research capabilities. Applicants will incorporate innovative approaches for access to P2C resources by population scientists with primary permanent appointments at institutions that are not award recipients through the NICHD Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program. These activities will be tied to specific programmatic activities within each Core for which NICHD funding is being requested.

Applications will describe the Primary Research Areas (PRAs) in which the center expects to make its most significant contributions to population dynamics in the next five years. To be responsive to this initiative, the PRAs identified must be within the scientific scope of NICHD Population Dynamics Branch (PDB). The PDB scientific mission is to support research, research training, and data collection in three areas:

  • Demography: The scientific study of human populations, including fertility, pregnancy outcomes, mortality and morbidity (especially maternal, infant, child, adolescent, and young adult mortality and morbidity), migration, population distribution, population stratification (including disparities based on race, ethnicity, sex/gender, and age), nuptiality, family demography, population growth and decline, and the causes and consequences of demographic change.
  • Population health: Research on how demographic, social, economic, institutional, geographic, and other factors influence human health, productivity, behavior, and development, with an emphasis on research using population-representative data and natural and policy experiments using methods addressing selection and other sources of bias. Research at multiple levels of analysis, involving interdisciplinary perspectives, incorporating social determinants of health, and elucidating mechanisms leading to health disparities are encouraged.
  • Reproductive health: Behavioral and social science research on family planning, infertility, sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS.

Research focusing primarily on elderly populations and individuals; specific organ systems or disease conditions outside the mission of the NICHD; or social and behavioral processes without application to enhancing human health will not be responsive to this initiative.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Rosalind B. King, PhD
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Telephone: 301-435-6986

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